Every homeowner dreads repairing or replacing a roof. When it comes to repairs, often it can be cheaper to flat out replace the roof depending on several factors. Roofers will be able to tell you for sure whether you should repair or replace, but there are some things to keep in mind when thinking about the health and longevity of your roof. We want to look at some of those factors to determine when it’s time to repair a roof and what to do if you need to replace it.
So, When Is It Time to Repair Your Roof?
How Old is Your Roof?
Most roofs, when installed properly and made of durable materials, can last up to 25 years. Depending on how old your home is, your roof is, and whether the original roof was torn off will determine if you need to repair your roof or replace it when it’s finally time to call a roofer.
Are Your Shingles Curling?
If your shingles have begun to curl or buckle, it’s time to replace your roof. While shingles here or there curling can be repaired, this is a sign that your shingles can’t withstand the elements anymore. Replacing the shingles can be a temporary fix but replacing the entire roof is the better option.
Are Your Shingles Missing?
While missing shingles can be repaired, it’s better to have the roof replaced, especially if your roof is over ten years old. Missing shingles can’t always be replaced, so investing in a new roof after a storm or other reasons is essential to keep your home protected.
Anytime there’s a storm, you should check your roof from the ground for damage, missing shingles, and other signs that you need to call a roofer. A qualified roofer will be able to get on your roof, inspect it thoroughly, and give you a rundown of what needs to be done. While some roofing issues can be repaired, often it’s cheaper, in the long run, to invest in a new roof, especially when dealing with an insurance company. Keep that in mind as you weigh the options of simply repairing your roof or replacing it.